NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 6/9

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Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.

Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We will be looking at Wednesday’s single-game slate between the Nuggets and Suns.

NOTES

It pays to be different in these shortened playoff slates. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll optimize every point-per-dollar selection throughout a lineup. Sometimes you’ll need to sacrifice a cheap punt play (even if they only get you 15 FP) in order to reach for GPP-winning upside elsewhere. Don’t worry so much about the outright projections when mixing and matching these tournament lineups.

Michael Porter Jr. is questionable. Most reports suggest Porter Jr. will play tonight. His effectiveness might be a different story, and Aaron Gordon would pick up the frontcourt slack if Porter is less than 100%.

Will Barton is doubtful. The Nuggets have been without Barton in every playoff game, so nothing will change here. Austin Rivers and Monte Morris will continue to have heightened roles in the backcourt. **UPDATE: Will Barton is probable. We don't know how many minutes he'll see, but this will cut into Austin Rivers' workload.

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GPP PIVOTS

Torrey Craig - SG - Phoenix

What got into this guy on Monday? Craig fed off the Suns’ momentum while posting 25 fantasy points through 17 minutes in Game 1. He’s still dirt-cheap on this single game slate, so we’ll keep him in mind as a tournament differentiator. Craig has seen 17+ minutes in two of his last three games, hitting 19+ FP in each of those. That’s actually respectable output when considering the salary and lack of opportunity cost on this slate.

Austin Rivers - PG - Denver

Rivers will continue to see 30+ minutes with Barton sidelined. Most people will stay away from his low fantasy floor, as he has produced 15 FP or less in three of his last four games. However, Rivers will occasionally find a scoring outburst, as he went for 32 and 28 FP in two of his last five. We know he’ll get the playing time, and this could be a spot where Rivers hits a few more shots to bring forth respectable fantasy output. He’s definitely a risk/reward proposition, but it’s nice to invest in a value play that will see plenty of minutes.

**UPDATE: Will Barton is probable. Rivers is now a risky fantasy pick with Barton cutting into his minutes. It's probably best to stay away here.

Monte Morris - PG - Denver

Plenty of DFS enthusiasts were burned by Morris on Monday. The Iowa State product went for 42+ fantasy points in the last two games of the Portland series, but he only came up with 18 FP in 23 minutes for Game 1 at Phoenix. That efficiency isn’t terrible considering that Morris was only 1-10 from the field. I’m expecting him to bounce back tonight, which could lead to more minutes and overall fantasy production. Don’t avoid him just because of one bad game.

QUICK NOTES

JaMychal Green (PF - DEN) will likely be a popular bargain, and I fully support that. He has been a steady, efficient fantasy play while consistently averaging 23 FPPG and 22 minutes over his last four. There’s a little bit of upside for him too, as he could pick up some slack if Michael Porter Jr. is less than 100%.

Jae Crowder (PF - PHX) is an absolute menace in the playoffs. The veteran has a wide range of fantasy outcomes, as he has put forth 12-40 FP in these playoffs. If he’s knocking down open shots, there’s a chance he’ll be one of the better value plays on the board. Yes, he’s risky, but Crowder has legitimate 40+ FP ability, and he’s priced lower than the other guys expected to produce in that range.